Area veterans will be the guests of honor at the annual Veterans Day Dinner Sunday, Nov. 10.

The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. The event is organized each year by the local American Legion Lloyd G. McCarter Post 25 in St. Maries and the lodge.

All veterans and their immediate family members are invited to attend. The meat will be provided and those who attend are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. The meal is free. There will be a short program and Legion member Hank Thornton is expected to share a few words.

"This has been a tradition as long as I can remember," Post Commander Jim Shubert said. "This year I believe it is our turn to pay for the meal, we rotate with the Elks, but we want to recognize their years of commitment to this dinner."

Mr. Shubert said more than 160 people attended the event last year. He said it is a great time not only for veterans to connect but for them to learn more about the American Legion as well.

"It's a great opportunity for veterans to get together. It's an opportunity for veterans to support each other and a way for them to find out about what we do as an organization as well," Mr. Shubert said. "I would really just encourage all veterans to attend."

Federally, Veterans Day is observed Monday. Nov. 11. Mr. Shubert said it is a day to honor all military personnel who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Veterans Day was originally called "Armistice Day," and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that ended hostilities during World War I.

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